Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MAC Lip Pencil in Cork Swatches & Photos

I'm a fan of lip pencils with lipstick or lipgloss, either to alter the color or to make the product last longer on the lips. I purchased Cork Lip Pencil by MAC around the time I purchased RiRi Nude (link). I had heard it made the color more wearable for some, but that lipstick still makes me look like death (I use it as a layering lipstick now to get smooth application of darker colors). Cork now just sits around with the rest of makeup waiting to be used (if my mom ever finds it, it'll be gone in no time, lol). Cork is described as a "muted golden brown" and is part of MAC's permanent range. Cork retails for $15. One thing I have to note is that this MAC lip pencil does not apply as smoothly as my others. I notice when I am applying it, it's more stiff and seems to drag a little. Swatches and photos below.

MAC Lip Pencil in Cork
MAC Lip Pencil in Cork
MAC Lip Pencil in Cork
MAC Lip Pencil in Cork
MAC Lip Pencil in Cork Label
MAC Lip Pencil in Cork Label
MAC Lip Pencil in Cork Close-up
MAC Lip Pencil in Cork Close-Up
MAC Lip Pencil in Cork Swatch dark skin
MAC Lip Pencil in Cork Swatch


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Buxom Serial Kisser Collection of 5 Mini Full-Bodied Lipsticks Swatches & Photos

Another Christmas set that Sephora had was the Buxom Serial Kisser Collection. This set contained 5 mini Buxom Full-Bodied lipsticks. The mini lipsticks each had .04 oz of product. Two of the lipsticks are included in the permanent range, Menace and Provocateur, while the other three were limited to this set, Mistress, Centerfold and Moonlighter. Menace is a "rich wine," Provocateur is a "true red," Mistress is a warm bubblegum pink, Centerfold is a dusty pink, and Moonlighter is a frosty magenta. All the lipsticks appeared to WOC friendly. I actually liked all the lipsticks on me except Moonlighter (I hate frost), but Centerfold was my absolute favorite! I even emailed Buxom hoping that they would make Centerfold permanent, but I got the usual canned response. This set retailed for $32 and was limited edition. One thing to note about this set was that the lipsticks were really skinny and pressed against the tube during application. They were also really soft. One full size Full-Bodied lipstick retails for $21 (.13 oz). Swatches and photos below.

Buxom Serial Kisser Collection
Buxom Serial Kisser Collection
Buxom Serial Kisser Collection Lipstick Labels
Buxom Serial Kisser Collection Lipstick Labels
Buxom Serial Kisser Collection Description
Buxom Serial Kisser Collection Description
Buxom Serial Kisser Collection Lipsticks in Case
Buxom Serial Kisser Collection Lipsticks in Case
Buxom Serial Kisser Collection Lipsticks
Buxom Serial Kisser Collection Lipsticks
buxom serial kisser lipstick set swatches dark skin
Buxom Serial Kisser Collection Lipstick Swatches - Top to Bottom: Menace, Provocateur, Mistress, Centerfold & Moonlighter

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Melt Lipstick in DGAF Swatches & Photos

Melt Cosmetics was started by two friends, Lora Arellano (one of Rihanna's makeup artists) and Dana Bomar. They set out to make "ultra-matte lipsticks with vibrant colors" and I think they have succeeded. I only own DGAF because I think their pricing and shipping ($7) is too high for a start up company, but I love the color! DGAF is a deep royal blue with purple undertones and was incredibly difficult to photograph. All of Melt's lipsticks are cruelty-free, matte, and retail for $19. DGAF took some building up and had the tendency to apply patchy. It's also hard to find a lip liner to match the lipstick to so the girls provided some suggestions on their website. For DGAF, they suggested MAC Indigo and Smolder Eye Pencil. Swatches and photos below.

Melt Lipstick in DGAF
Melt Lipstick in DGAF
Melt Lipstick in DGAF
Melt Lipstick in DGAF
Melt Lipstick in DGAF Label
Melt Lipstick in DGAF Label
melt dgaf lipstick close up
Melt Lipstick in DGAF Close-Up
melt dgaf swatch dark skin
Melt Lipstick in DGAF Swatch

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu Swatches & Photos

I was previously not a fan on lipgloss, but lately I have been shifting on that stance. I'm finding the benefits in lipgloss and I have to say on most days it's just easier for me to wear than lipstick. I had heard good things about NYX lip products so when they showed up in my local CVS, I grabbed a couple to try out. One of the items I picked up was NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu. Tiramisu is simply described as "brown," but to me it's more of a creamy beige-pink. NYX describes it's Butter Gloss as "buttery soft and silky smooth" with "creamy sheer to medium coverage that melts onto your lips and is never sticky." I would agree with their description and also tell you that it smells divine, like a sweet cake mix! Tiramisu lasts a couple hours on me before needing to reapply and retails for $5. Swatches and photos below.

nyx tiramisu butter gloss
NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu 
nyx tiramisu butter gloss
NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu
nyx tiramisu butter gloss bottom label
NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu Bottom Label
nyx tiramisu butter gloss close up
NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu Close-Up
nyx tiramisu butter gloss swatch dark skin
NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu Swatch


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MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Magnetic Appeal Swatches & Photos

True Life: I'm Addicted to Highlighters! My love for these powders that create glowing skin will not stop! I think my love for highlighters has surpassed my love for lipsticks and I didn't even know that was possible. Today, I swatched Magnetic Appeal Extra Dimension Skinfinish (EDSF) by MAC. This formula is described as "a liquid-powder highlighter with prismatic reflections that sculpts, highlights and models the face" and is supposed to wear for 10 hours. Magnetic Appeal is described as "medium tan with fine gold sheen." This particular EDSF is limited edition and made it's debut with the Magnetic Nude collection in December 2013. You may still be able to find one locally, but they appear to be sold out online. Magnetic Appeal retailed for $30. Swatches and photos below.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Magnetic Appeal
MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Magnetic Appeal 
MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Magnetic Appeal Label
MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Magnetic Appeal Label
MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Magnetic Appeal
MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Magnetic Appeal
MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Magnetic Appeal close up
MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Magnetic Appeal Close-Up
MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Magnetic Appeal Swatch dark skin
MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Magnetic Appeal Swatch

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